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Residents Raising Funds For Second Monrovia Historic District


Residents of the 100 and 200 blocks of North Encinitas are close to submitting an application for historic district status, the second such district in Monrovia. They're trying to raise $11,153 for the application. Those who would like to contribute can do so here: http://www.gofundme.com/savingourblock

- Brad Haugaard

Park Bench Honors Monrovia Rotary Member | New Art Show


~ The Rotary Club of Monrovia has funded a park bench at Rotary Park, at California and Lime, dedicated to Bill Faith, a long-time member of the club. http://goo.gl/CkYitk

~ A new art exhibition at Saga Fine Art (110 W. Lime) features "representational art by contemporary masters." Featuring works by Lynne Fearman, Felice Hrovat, and Laura Wambsgans. Show runs from Feb. 9 - March 18. http://goo.gl/0hrvPr

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Hiding in the Bushes; Controlled Substances


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for February 4-7. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Park Closure Violation – Suspect Arrested
February 4 at 11:19 p.m., officers were using the services of the Foothill Air Support Team helicopter on a call and requested they check the roof of the Library in the 300 block of South Myrtle on their way out of the city. During the check, a subject was spotted in the bushes at the park. Officers responded to the park and located a subject sleeping in the bushes. They arrested the subject for being in the park during closed hours and he received a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
February 7 at 7:28 p.m., an officer on patrol stopped a vehicle for a vehicle code violation at Myrtle and Duarte. During the investigation, the officer determined the driver was under the influence of marijuana. The driver was arrested and later released on a citation to appear in court.

Park Closure Violation/Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
February 7 at 11:41 p.m., an officer was patrolling a park in the 600 block of South Shamrock and found a subject in the park after hours. During the investigation, the officer discovered the subject was also in possession of a controlled substance. The subject was arrested for the charges and was later released on a citation to appear in court.

Achievement at Monrovia High, Etc.


At its next meeting (agenda here ), the Monrovia School Board will, among other things ...

- Hold a study session to discuss student achievement at Monrovia High.

- Congratulate: Clifton student, Jayden Delgado, as a recipient of the Association of California School Administrators' (ACSA's) Every Student Succeeding Award; Bradoaks Principal Aimee Dyrek as ACSA's Region XV Promising Administrator of the Year; Wild Rose Principal Stacy Ayers as the recipient of ACSA's Region XV Charter Leadership Award; and the cast and staff of "Professional Productions for the Community" for its production of Hairspray.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High Girls Soccer Beats San Marino :-)


Monrovia High School girls soccer team beats San Marino 3-1. http://goo.gl/vS6qMS

- Brad Haugaard

Careful With Metallic Balloons!


With Valentine's Day coming up, Southern California Edison wants to remind everyone to hold on to their metallic balloons. Make sure they "are always tied to a weight - as required by California law - and to never release them outdoors because of the thousands of customers left without power when the metallic balloons float into power lines and other electrical equipment." http://goo.gl/kb4BqH

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Citation for Shoplifting; Wrong-Way Driver; Men and Women Fighting; Stolen Mail; Etc.


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for February 1-3. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 346 service events, resulting in 72 investigations.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
February 1 at 10:22 a.m., loss prevention from a business in the 500 block of West Huntington phoned police to report a male subject that had left the store without paying for merchandise he had concealed. Officers arrived and detained the suspect, who admitted to the theft. The suspect was arrested and issued a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
February 1 at 2:41 p.m., a caller reported a male and female fighting in a vehicle parked in the 300 block of Genoa Street. When officers arrived, the male and female had separated. They admitted to arguing over personal matters while sitting in the vehicle. During the argument, the female had slapped the male subject twice in the face. The male subject then punched the female in the face and body. The female sustained a large contusion above her right eye and possibly a broken nose. She was taken to the hospital for treatment. The male subject was arrested for domestic violence and taken into custody.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
February 1 at 7:43 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 1600 block of South Mountain and observed a vehicle traveling the wrong way on a one-way street. The officer stopped the vehicle for the violation. The investigation revealed the subject was driving on a suspended license and had several outstanding warrants for his arrest. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
February 1 at 10:09 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 600 block of South Myrtle on the report of a traffic collision. The occupants of the vehicle are boyfriend and girlfriend. They were involved in a verbal argument that escalated into a physical altercation in the backseat of the vehicle. During the altercation, the vehicle rolled back and struck the curb. The male subject was determined to be the primary aggressor. He was arrested for domestic violence and taken into custody.

Traffic Collision
February 2 at 1:56 a.m., officers responded to the area of Magnolia and Cypress on a solo vehicle traffic collision. The driver was traveling south on Magnolia, made a right turn onto Cypress and lost control of her vehicle. She collided into a parked vehicle, continued on and then struck a curb, where the vehicle came to rest.

Commercial Burglary
February 2 at 2:36 a.m., police received a report of an alarm activation at a business in the 900 block of West Duarte Road. An unknown suspect threw a rock through the front glass door to gain entry. The location was ransacked, but no loss could be determined. The investigation is continuing.

Trespassing/Possession of Stolen Property – Suspect Arrested
February 2 at 2:50 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of South Mountain regarding a subject found sleeping in a vacant home. Officers responded and located the subject, who was found to be in possession of stolen property. The owner of the residence desired prosecution for trespassing, and the suspect was arrested. Further investigation revealed the property he was in possession of was stolen from a business in Duarte. The suspect was identified by store clerks in a photo lineup. Additionally, the suspect was found to be on active felony parole. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Mail Theft
February 2 at 10:32 p.m., an incident of mail theft was reported in the 200 block of West Walnut. A Monrovia resident received a phone call from the Glendora Police Department reporting they had two suspects in custody that were in possession of the resident’s mail. The resident then contacted her property manager, who told her he had reported the mail theft earlier that day to the Monrovia Postal Inspector, but didn't report the theft to police. Apparently, the suspects broke into the back door of the apartment complex mailboxes and stole mail. The officer took a mail theft report from the resident and forwarded the report to the Glendora Police Department.

Dinner at Kiku Sushi



Dinner recently at Kiku Sushi, at the west end of the Huntington Oaks Shopping Center on Huntington. Got a Salmon Bowl for $16,99 and a medium draft beer for $4.99. A cozy little restaurant with nice service and good food. 
- Brad Haugaard 

Citrus College Appoints New Dean of Students


Citrus College, which serves Monrovia, has appointed  Dr. Maryann Tolano-Leveque as dean of students. Dr. Tolano-Leveque brings more than a decade of experience in higher education to Citrus College.  Most recently, she served as director of the Honors Program at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC).

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Train Depot Rehab Done This Year; Park Improvements; Slight Increase in Homeless; Compatibility; Library Workings; Rain Barrels


A few items from City Manager Oliver Chi's weekly update ( http://goo.gl/o9PIyt ):

~ Overall construction work to rehab the historic Santa Fe Depot is tentatively scheduled to be completed by late-2016.

~ A community discussion of park needs include: Restrooms at Library Park and Julian Fisher Park; Fitness Courses at Lucinda Garcia, Station Square, and Grand Avenue Park. Another meeting on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 9 a.m. at Fire Station 102.

~ The homeless count indicates a "slight increase" in the homeless in Monrovia. The city counted 14 Campers / Vans / RVs, 2 Make-Shift Shelters, 7 Individuals, 1 Car, 1 Tent.

~ The city plans to present its neighborhood compatibility proposals - along with an overview of feedback received - in a series of Study Session meetings with the City Council and the Planning Commission. Details: http://goo.gl/o9PIyt

~ Behind the scenes look at secrets of the Monrovia Public Library on Monday, Feb. 8, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Library Story Room. Hosted by the MOMS Club of Monrovia. For more information call Elizabeth Schneider, Youth Services Library Supervisor, at 256-8275, or eschneider@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

~ Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District will host a free rain barrel giveaway at Monrovia High on Saturday, Feb. 13, beginning at 8 a.m. Details: http://goo.gl/o9PIyt

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Drone Scouts in Antarctica


A hand-launched drone made by Monrovia-based AeroVironment is scouting the ice shelf ahead of the Coast Guard's Polar Star, supporting critical ice-breaking mission to resupply McMurdo Station in Antarctica. http://goo.gl/9doBWI

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Fire Chief Donovan Leaving And So, Apparently, is MHS Coach Chris Stevens


Monrovia is apparently losing both its fire chief and its football coach.

Monrovia Fire Chief Chris Donovan will be moving to be fire chief in El Segundo later this month. http://goo.gl/hc1fxU

Los Angeles News Group reporter Fred Robledo Tweets that "Monrovia coach Chris Stevens expected to leave and be named next head coach at Chino Hills."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Grand Theft Harley; Stolen Car Recovered; Bedroom Peeker; Car Window Smashing; Etc.


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for January 28-31. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Grand Theft Auto – Motorcycle
January 28 at 3:53 p.m., a motorcycle was reported stolen from the 200 block of East Maple. The victim phoned the police to report someone had cut the lock to the door on his garage and stole his 2013 Harley Davidson. The motorcycle was entered into the law enforcement stolen vehicle system and the investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
January 29 at 8:08 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 200 block of West Cypress on the report of a vehicle burglary. The victim parked and secured her vehicle in front of her residence in the evening. When she returned to it the next morning, she saw the passenger window had been shattered and her purse was gone. She had left her purse inside the vehicle on the front seat. The investigation is continuing.

Unlicensed Driver/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
January 29 at 3:27 p.m., an officer observed a female subject driving a vehicle, and he knew from previous contact that she did not have a valid driver’s license. He stopped the driver in the 600 block of West Lemon. The female admitted to having drug paraphernalia on her person. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto Recovery/Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspects Arrested
January 30 at 3:48 a.m., police received notification of a stolen vehicle in the 100 block of West Duarte. Police located the unoccupied vehicle parked in a business parking lot. Officers noticed two female subjects inside a fast food restaurant. The officers waited, and the two subjects eventually exited the business and walked over to the vehicle. Once the driver's door was open, the officers approached and took the subjects into custody. Both subjects accused the other of taking the vehicle, but one had an altered key in her possession. Both suspects were also found to be in possession of a controlled substance. The suspects were arrested and taken into custody.

Prowling/Peeking/Gang Injunction Violation/Resisting a Peace Officer – Suspect Arrested
January 30 at 6:30 p.m., officers responded to the 800 block of Bonita regarding a subject seen prowling in several yards. When officers arrived, the subject was gone. Police received several more calls reporting the subject in yards, and he was eventually located after a female resident called to report the subject peeking into her bedroom. The subject resisted officers, but was eventually taken into custody. During the investigation, officers discovered the subject was also listed on the Gang Injunction and was in violation of the court order. He was arrested and taken into custody. The subject is on probation and a hold was obtained. He was later taken to the Los Angeles County Jail.

Shoplifting/Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
January 30 at 9:28 p.m., a business in the 100 block of West Foothill called to report a subject who has been constantly trespassing in the store after being told not to return. The subject entered the store again, took various items, and left the location without paying. The subject matched the description of a person police had involvement with several times during that same week. Officers responded to his residence to determine if he was involved. When officers arrived at the residence, they spoke with the in-home caretaker who stated the subject had recently returned home with groceries. Officers detained the subject and he was positively identified. The reporting party made a citizen’s arrest for shoplifting and trespassing. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglary
January 31 at 12:57 p.m., an officer responded to a business parking lot in the 200 block of West Huntington regarding a vehicle burglary that had just occurred. The victim parked and locked her vehicle, but she left her purse inside the vehicle in plain view. The victim went into the business for approximately 5 minutes and returned to discover her car window smashed and her purse missing. The investigation is continuing.

Monrovia Black History Month Activities


A month of activities for Black History Month, here: http://goo.gl/y3iu2i

- Brad Haugaard

Take Two: Emergency Response Training by Monrovia Fire Department


An earlier posting on CERT had incomplete information.

CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training March 5th, 12th and 19th, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Monrovia Fire Station 102, 2055 S. Myrtle. CERT, according to FEMA, "educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills."CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training March 5th, 12th and 19th, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Monrovia Fire Station 102, 2055 S. Myrtle. CERT, according to FEMA, "educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills." Topics include: Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety/Fire Suppression, Light Search & Rescue, Disaster Medical Operations, Disaster Psychology, Terrorism, CERT Organization & Incident Command System. The final day of class includes a disaster drill. You must be 18 or over and live or work in Monrovia. Class size is limited. Participants must pre-register and must complete all three class sessions to receive a certificate. To register, please email: sdobson@ci.monrovia.ca.us with your name, address, phone number, and put CERT Course Registration in the subject line.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovian Arrested on Suspicion of Burglary | State of the City


~ Monrovia man arrested on suspicion of burglary in Azusa. http://goo.gl/bweXQN

~ Monrovia's State of the City address will be held on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Krikorian Theater.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High School Auditorium Back in Action


The Monrovia High School Auditorium is apparently fit for habitation again after the fire. In an email today to the congregation of Fellowship Monrovia, which meets there, Pastor Albert Tate wrote: "Last night we got the call that the Performing Arts Center Auditorium is now ready! Everything has been cleaned and cleared from the fire back in November so we'll be meeting in there for the 8:30, 10:00 & 11:30 AM services." http://goo.gl/0vcTWJ

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Jewish Federation Presents: Once Upon a Mattress


The Jewish Federation, based in Monrovia, will present "Once Upon a Mattress," a play performed by the JFed Players at The Clarke Center in Arcadia. A musical interpretation of the children's fairy tale, "The Princess and the Pea" - but for adults. Play dates and ticket information here: http://goo.gl/7HVko9 . Or call 445-0810.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia City Council: Consultants and Budget Adjustments


At the Feb. 2 Monrovia City Council meeting (agenda: http://goo.gl/8mDYtv ), the council will ...

- Consider hiring Gibson Transportation Consulting to prepare an Old Town Parking Analysis, and to recommend any improvements. That could cost up to $52,260. http://goo.gl/lW7ReT

- Consider hiring a VCA Code for up to $39,600 to review and update the City's Historic Preservation Program. http://goo.gl/yhbRcp

- Consider some mid-fiscal-year budget adjustments. http://goo.gl/6LFxiC

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Claim Jumper



Dinner recently at Claim Jumper, on Huntington. Got a BBQ Chicken Sandwich for $12.99 and a large beer for $8.25. The sandwich was tasty but I couldn't come close to finishing it, so I got two meals for the price of one.

- Brad Haugaard